Mental Health Education Classes Required in CPS

Mental Health Education Classes Required in CPS

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Zenna Zuñiga started this petition to Chicago Board of Education

From 1999 to 2016, the national suicide rate increased 25.4% which was shown in each state. In the United States, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. For teens/young adults ranging from 15-24, the 2nd leading cause of death is suicide. If teens are so much at risk, we should be learning how to help ourselves and be given the tools that we need to do so.

During the pandemic, this is when many students were faced to deal with their mental challenges due to isolation. In a national poll, parents of teens were asked about their child’s mental health and 46% of 977 (almost half) have said their child has shown signs of a new or worsening mental health. 3 in 4 of those parents also said the pandemic has negatively impacted their teens on being able to interact.

In Illinois, we perform well on mandated policies but still have low well-being scores. What can we do as a community to change this? Why are private school students compared to public school students, more likely to be motivated & reach out for support?

In our Chicago Public Schools, many students don’t feel as though they are of importance. With 30+ students bunched up into one classroom & teachers having roughly over 100 students in total, many do not feel comfortable enough to build a bond and find support in doing so. I believe that with funding to our CPS schools towards mental health, we can use that to have assemblies, build open spaces for students tofind comfort in, hire more social workers, open after school activities etc. Mental Health Education should be taught as important as Physical Health Education.

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